Authorities believe they have apprehended the prime suspect involved with the deadly bombing at Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine last month.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said today that police caught the man in Sa Kaeo province on the border of Cambodia.
“He is a main suspect and a foreigner,” Prayuth Chan-ocha was quoted as saying, without disclosing any other information about his identity.
It’s not immediately clear whether this is the same suspect who was captured on CCTV footage abandoning a backpack at the Ratchaprasong intersection around 20 minutes before the explosion went off. That suspect was described as a foreign male, and appeared in the video wearing a yellow t-shirt, dark-rimmed glasses and long hair.
“Don’t say just yet it’s about this and that. It could affect international affairs,” Prayuth warned when speaking during a press conference. “We have to do a lot of tests, fingerprints. If he is the guy, he is the guy.”
Images of a Chinese passport allegedly belonging to the most recent suspect have nonetheless been circulating around local media. The person in the passport is identified as a 25-year-old from Xinjiang named Yusufu Mieraili.
Another suspect was arrested on Saturday during a raid on an apartment in Bangkok, where police seized what appeared to be bomb-making materials. Arrest warrants were also issued yesterday for two more suspects, including a Thai woman and another man.
More than 20 people were killed when a bomb blast rocked the heart of the Thai capital on August 17. The shrine was a popular spot for visitors from China, leading to speculation that the attack was targeting Chinese tourists specifically.
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